|How a Shoplifter is Caught & Prosecuted
|H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq., P.C.
"The Shoplifters Attorney"
Main Office: 39 Milltown Road 2nd Floor, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816
1028 Route #23 North, Wayne, N.J. 07470
1-800-9-RIGHTS or (732) 257-5040
Most of our clients are charged for shoplifting against the following stores which
commonly use RFID to track and catch shoplifters:
Bed Bath and Beyond
Lord & Taylors
Stop & Shop
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Historically how a shoplifter was
Up and until the1970's most shoplifters
would only be caught by a loss
prevention officer observing the theft.
The problem was that one person could
watch a maximum of 5 to 10 people at a
time. Even if the store would catch a
shoplifter, it was generally one person's
word against another in court and the
store would often lose if the shoplifter
had a good attorney. Stores were losing
millions of dollars and looked to
technology for an answer. This
technology would have to prove to a
judge or jury what really happened. This
technology was called CCTV.
By the early 1990's inexpensive closed
circuit camera systems (CCTV) were
installed in most major stores. However,
this technology was also limited in its
success in stopping shoplifting due to
the fact that many times the video would
be of poor quality or too far away to
show the theft. CCTV was know for
grainy pictures with very low resolution.
Unless a person or object was
immediately in front of the camera the
picture would not provide a positive ID of
the shoplifter. The next major
technology leap RFID would solve nearly
all of the shortcomings of CCTV by
improving picture resolution and
features automatic tracking.
Anti Theft and Shoplifting Technology in 2017:
In 2005 a major leap in shoplifting prevention technology occurred
when the first mass produced RFID system was combined with
CCTV and High Definition Video. This new technology is so
sophisticated that it can zoom in and start recording the second
you first touch an item. (CCTV prior to this would only record a
large area in low resolution) With RFID a loss prevention officer
can zoom in and present a very clear and vivid picture of the act of
shoplifting. RFID short for Radio-frequency Identification is the
use of an object (typically referred to as an RFID tag) attached to
or incorporated into a product, for the purpose of identification and
tracking using radio waves. Some tags can be read from several
hundred meters away and beyond the line of sight of the reader
camera or tracking system.
Most RFID tags contain at least two parts. One is an integrated
circuit for storing and processing information, modulating and
demodulating a radio-frequency (RF) signal, and other
specialized functions. The second is an antenna for receiving and
transmitting the signal. These devices are usually built into a
small printed circuit board on the label of a clothing article or a tag
attached to the item. These RFID devices can be as thin as a
piece of paper and as small as a childs finger nail. Thus, they are
practically invisible to the average shoplifter. Once you touch the
item an alert is triggered by the system and a camera starts
recording by zooming in on the action until you leave the store.
The system will record and track whether you have or have not
paid for an item. A store employee is alerted by the system to
track and stop you once you leave the store without paying. Some
privacy experts have argued that these systems could violate your
rights if the store continued to track you once you left the
immediate area of the store, but most stores have limited the
range of the RFID systems to no more than a few hundred meters
outside of the store. These devices started to commonly appear
in high end items about 5 years ago and today can even be found
in items that sell for as little as a few dollars due to the fact that the
price for an RFID tag in 2017 costs retailers less than 10 cents
How do you know what technology was used and how you were caught?
Answer: You won't know, and even your lawyer probably will not know until the time of
trial, unless your shoplifting lawyer has defended a case against your particular store in
the past. We have handled cases against every major store in the state of NJ which use
RFID. Hiring the right attorney is the most important decision you can make. In most
cases a store will not admit that you were caught on camera by an RFID device until your
trial starts and testimony is taken from the store. At this point it is too late to hire an
experienced RFID lawyer to handle your case, as a judge will not stop a trial once started.
Therefore, it is important to hire an experienced and seasoned trial lawyer to defend your
case. Unlike other law firms we are experienced in handling shoplifting cases involving
RFID technology and we have gotten results including dismissals, downgrades and
reductions of penalties in nearly every case we handle. Don't trust just any lawyer to
handle your case. The right lawyer may mean the difference between going to jail and
being free. Help is only a phone call away, but the longer you wait to get represented the
less chance a proper defense can be prepared for you! Don't wait call 1-800-9-RIGHTS
now to set up a free in office consultation.
Success: Over 10,000 cases
won, reduced or downgraded